Guidance, Technical Assistance & Planning

Abandoned Vessels

NRT Resources

NRT Abandoned Vessel Authorities and Best Practices Guidance (2020)
This NRT document provides guidance for federal On-Scene Coordinators (OSCs) and Area Committees developing solutions for the abatement of pollution from abandoned vessels. This document also examines options applicable to the removal and disposition of abandoned vessels, including existing state programs. The guidance is also available in a PDF version

Member Agency Resources

Emergency Response Guides and Regional Action Plans (NOAA)
Developed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Marine Debris Program (MDP), Emergency Response Guides provide specific direction for coordinating local, state, and federal response to acute marine debris events. Action Plans provide a strategic framework for partners across a specific state or region to address the problem of marine debris.

Best Management Practices for Removal of Debris from Wetlands and Other Intertidal Areas (NOAA)
This document is intended to assist a wide spectrum of agencies and entities, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), other federal and state agencies, or other organizations that may be faced with planning a post-event intertidal debris response or removal action. This document describes current Best Management Practices (BMPs) for removal of large debris such as vessels, storage tanks, and construction debris from sensitive wetland and intertidal habitats. The BMPs presented herein were compiled from those generated during recent emergency responses and similar events.

Gulf of Mexico Resource Advisor Training (NOAA)

Local resource advisors (or biological monitors) monitor field work to ensure coastal resources are protected during debris removal operations. Coastal resource stakeholders in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida—including National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) staff—are invited to attend this training.

The link is to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R) Training Calendar. Gulf of Mexico Resource Advisor Training opportunities are offered periodically, and readers will need to browse the calendar to find upcoming trainings.

Abandoned and Derelict Vessels InfoHub (NOAA)
The  Abandoned and Derelict Vessel (ADV) InfoHub has been created as a central source of information regarding ADVs and the policies surrounding them. It explains how ADVs are handled by each coastal state in an effort to bring together information and to create a comprehensive look at this subject. Be sure to click the map (or use the pull down menu) for a state-by-state snapshot and additional ADV information for each coastal state's ADV legislation, funding, case studies, contact information and other publications. The InfoHub is managed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Marine Debris Program (MDP).

Salvaging Solutions to Abandoned and Derelict Vessels Webinar Series (NOAA)
Salvaging Solutions to Abandoned and Derelict Vessels (ADV) is a nine-episode webinar series featuring experts on topics related to ADVs. The webinar series was developed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Marine Debris Program (MDP). The webinar speakers are specialists from federal, state, and local governments, nongovernmental organizations, universities, and industry, and they discussed topics about communications, funding, policy, and successes and challenges under blue skies and storm conditions. The goal of the 2021 series was to share perspectives from across the country on common issues arising from abandoned and derelict vessels, in hopes to help communities better deal with them.

External Links

Pacific States/British Columbia Oil Spill Task Force Abandoned and Derelict Vessel (ADV) Blue Ribbon Report (2020)
In 2020, the Pacific States / British Columbia Oil Spill Task Force's Abandoned and Derelict Vessels (ADV) Workgroup presented a blue-ribbon, model program with recommendations that may be implemented by West Coast states to address their own ADV issues. These recommendations focus on five key elements identified as important for a successful program to address ADVs: authority; prevention; public outreach and education; removal and deconstruction; and funding.


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